Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Where engineering and agriculture meet to sustainably improve our food systems and steward our natural resources.

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering joins the talent, resources, and energy of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and College of Engineering. Our work is closely aligned with the demands of industry and the needs of the community. Students earn undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees and work with world-class faculty from both colleges on pioneering research.


Agricultural and Biological Engineering academic programs integrate the disciplines of engineering, science, and management at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Instruction is hands on, industry focused, and grounded in research.


Penn State is a Tier 1 Research University. Everyone from first-year students to doctoral candidates can participate in meaningful research in our labs. Current focus areas include:

  • Agricultural production
  • Biological processing and bioproducts
  • Natural resources engineering and protection
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Extension and Outreach

Outreach connects the resources of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering with community members, industry, and institutions in Pennsylvania and beyond by offering the latest research-based, usable information.

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